Koffi Linus Sosu Afawubo

Dec 24, 1943 - Oct 18, 2021

East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA, 95819


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Koffi Linus Sosu Afawubo passed away peacefully on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Sacramento, California.
Koffi, known as “Sosu” by his family members and friends, was born in Togo and spent his formative years in Denu. As a youth, he entertained the idea of being a drivers’ mate, a fisher-boy, and a photographer. He was known to be an avid reader and many nights found him on the beach leaning against a coconut tree reading a book until the sun set. He had found his passion. Koffi would devote his life to teaching, and sharing his knowledge of African culture. He began as a Pupil Teacher in Accra, Ghana and in 1961 enrolled in a four-year program at Saint Andrews Teacher Training College. From that moment on he would be known throughout his life as “Teacher”.
His academic achievements in the U.S. are too numerous to list all, but a few most notable are; B.A. San Jose State University, M.A. University of California, Riverside, Admission to UCR Doctorial program Social and Cultural Anthropology, M.A. English TESL Cal State East Bay, UCR and Cal State East Bay Associate Teacher. He conducted countless workshops on African Traditional Medicine and Spiritual Healing at universities, institutions, and cultural centers across the U.S.
Reading was one of his hobbies. He had hundreds of books lining the walls of his room, not counting the boxes stored in every closet in the home. He loved nature, walking in the park, and fishing. He enjoyed music, all genres, but it seemed that classical music touched him to his core. He often said that listening to Handel’s Messiah transformed him back in time. He liked watching movies and could remember lines from hundreds of films. But most importantly, Koffi was the family patriarch. He was a devoted father to his children. With immense courage and sacrifice he left everything he had known for the first half of his life, to begin anew in another country for the sake of a better future for his family.
Looking back on such a full life, and realizing what a treasure he was, we are shaken by his death, but secure in the knowledge that he is at peace. We will miss his loud voice, his funny stories, his lectures, his counsel, his knowledge, his love.
Koffi leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of thirty-two years, Lenore Butler-Afawubo, his daughters, Isabelle A. N. Afawubo, Yolanda V. Afawubo, five sons, Kwame Martin Afawubo, Ayaovi Bright T. Afawubo, Anani Afawubo, Mawutor Afawubo, Komla M.C. Afawubo, one sister, Christiana Adzo Afawubo, six brothers, Andreas Mensah Afawubo, Raphael Kwaku Afawubo, Edwin Koblah Afawubo, Sylvanus Fogah Afawubo, Robert Gbeti Afawubo, Theophilus Tewo Afawubo, half-brother, Isaac Kofi Afawubo, and seven grandchildren. Also survived by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of relatives, and friends. He is predeceased by his father, Soddoh Tsormanya Efa, mother Sodzrohoe Ametornu, brother Simon K. Afawubo, and former wife Sokou-Akli Adjowa Nyedji.


  • Mawuli K. KPORNU says:

    Let the memories of your father provide you with comfort and serve as guidance.
    Wishing you peace,
    Mawuli K. KPORNU

  • Aliou Diallo says:

    Wishing you love to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead, and happy memories to forever hold in your hearts. Mr. Afawubo will be so missed. Just know that our family is here to support you in any way you need.
    Aliou B Diallo

  • Minty says:

    I offer you my sincere condolences for this hard loss. Koffi is certainly gone but he leaves you with unforgettable memories. You will always remember the father, the confidant and the friend he has been for you with a shoulder to lean on when you need it the most
    From heaven he will continue to watch over you and guide you.
    May peace be upon him

  • Gabriel Dzisoo says:

    I thank God for your life well-lived, Teacher Afawubo, as you are fondly remembered, by all those of us who you taught in Aflao. I am forever indebted to your unfailing love that has sustained me through all those years till now that the Good LORD has called you to duty on high.
    I celebrate a life well-lived, that has impacted many of us to be who we are today. We will hold your memory dear in our hearts.
    I know that your calming presence will remain with the loved ones you have left behind and the fond memories you shared with them will never dim.
    Teacher Afawubo! Rest in perfect peace.
    Teacher Afawubo! ‘Hede Nyuie!!!’

  • Kingsley Atsu says:

    Condolences to the Afawubo family especially my comrade Martin and all siblings…may the Lord grant you much strength

  • Mrs. Dela Quarshie says:

    The demise of my Uncle Mr Linus Koffi Afawubo came as a great shock. Our cooperate faith held on to our belief that you are sitted in the arms of the Lord.
    It’s all right as each of us have the Lord by our side as we say our farewells.
    We cherish every moment we spent with you. Even though your soul has departed from earth, you’ll always remain in our hearts. We love you and will miss you.
    Rest well Uncle

  • Evelyn Nicholas says:

    My sincere condolences to Lenore and the Afawubo family. May the Lord grant the family strength, comfort and peace at this very difficult time. In reading the obituary, it appears, Koffi left an awesome legacy. May he rest in power. God Bless!!!

  • Tracye L. Peterson-White says:

    Lori & Family, Sending My Deepest Love, Condolences & Prayers Across The Miles, Wishing We Could Be With You In Person, But, Know We Are With You In Spirit!!!! Loving You, Always.


    “CUZ”. Peace be with you as you clime yet another mountain in your life’s journey. You will never be alone even though we are not able to be together.

    GOD has HIS arms around you and will keep safe during this time of your loss.

    Util we can ALL be together ❤ Be well. Love Buddy.

  • koku AKLI (VALISE) says:

    Mes sincères condoléances a la famille éplorée.
    A vous ces enfants que l’Éternel essuie vos larmes et vous donne le courage, du moment ou nous n’avons pas encore fini de pleurer le départ d’un être chère, un autre survient. “TEACHER” Cest sous cette appellation je l’ai connu, un Homme calme dans son parlé, une oreille attentive au problèmes des autres. Une épaule secourable pour beaucoup,un dictionnaire de connaissance et savoir des valeur et du patrimoine Africain, pour ne citer que ceux la, je dirai une grande bibliothèque vient d’être rappelé par son créateur.
    Que la paix de L’ETERNEL JEHOVA soit sur lui.
    Courage a vous

  • Steward Edyth says:

    Iam deeply sorry for the demise of your father. Just like the Bible says there is time for everything under the Earth, there is a time to live and a time to die. This is his time and God Almighty knows all. I pray that God Almighty keep you and the entire family strong and may he console you and this painful moments of your life. Please accept my sincere sympathy. And may his gentle soul rest in peace.

  • Rebecca Mai says:

    On behalf of the Mai family, we send you our deepest and sincerest condolences, to your siblings and the entire family. Take heart and Stay uplifted. May the right hand of God hold, keep and protect you all. It is highly well! Dad may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

  • Nana Amoah says:

    To the Afawubo’s family, I express my deepest condolences.

  • Bright and Jenny says:

    On behalf of the Sewor family, we send our condolences to you and your family. Your father was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed and always remembered.

  • E. Mai says:

    A life well lived! From afar, I perceive a man of purpose, a fighter for just course, with a good heart and golden hands to bring meaning to life, a true gentleman indeed. You have fought a good fight: Rest in the bosom of your Maker

  • Emmanuel says:

    Emmanuel Logou say

    I am deeply sorry for the lose of Mr Koffi Afawubo.

    My condolences to the Afawubo family.

    Happy memories, Peace and Love.

  • Gameli Ladzekpo says:

    I know Mr. AFAWUBO. for the past seven years and apparently he was a family friend to my uncle CK Ladzekpo.
    The very day we meet we had a long conversations regarding the Ewe traditional music we talk about Afan. Yeva the difference ditties in the South East part of the volta region at that moment I realized he have so much passion for his traditions. We both sing old yeva songs the war songs. We exchanged telephone numbers we both check on each other.
    his name Afan… means the gods of divinity .wubo means the spirit of Afan is beyond the miginerable of any spirit in the universe.

    Mr. Koffi Afawubo. When he meet my uncles CK Ladzekpo and Kwaku at the Bay area as Ewes brothers. they lived together and supported themselves before he relocated to Sacramento at his retirements. he is an anthropology a man that studied Africa traditions and spiritualist a professor a teacher and a lecture. definitely I would miss him my family will dearly miss his melody voice.

    The Ewes.traditionally believed that after death they spirit always lived and exists on the universe. I know he is around and protecting his families. May the gods of his ancestors Afan keep him and protect him at all time.

  • Kwasi Innocent Afawubo says:

    …. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21).

    Papa as I have always called you, I clearly remember the last time I spoke to you over the telephone, that was in May 2021, little I did know that the good Lord, your creator was going to take you away so soon. We love you but the almighty loves you most.

    I spent my formative years of my life in your care in Togo and I can still remember your loud voice in my ears but most importantly your love and the kind of parenting you gave me and my brothers is still with us today. Anytime I speak with you, you always leave me with words of wisdom. Papa I will always miss this from you.
    The thank you card you sent me when I sent you the funeral recordings of your younger brother, uncle Simon is still with me and treasure it so much due to its philosophical drawings and words.

    You were a great man, you are full of love for everyone. You did your best for all of us regardless of your human limitations.

    One day at Denu, a group of ‘bigger boys’ physically abused myself and my brothers. You were clearly unhappy with it but no matter how bad the situation was, you made it fun and everyone laughed about. You did that by asking our grand mother, Dada to tell you what happened. Unknown to Dada and everyone, you were recording Dada’s report. It was hilarious, when you played back the recordings.

    Papa, rest well in the Lord.
    Papa, rest in perfect peace
    Papa, ‘Hede nyuie’
    I will always remember you.

  • DIALLO Mariama says:

    Nous savons tous qu’ inéluctablement l’ existence se termine pour chacun d ‘ entre nous. Ces quelques mots ne changeront rien à ce triste état de fait.
    Juste te dire ma Très Chère Isabelle ainsi qu’à tes frères et soeur et toute la famille que mes pensées vous accompagnent dans cette épreuve.
    Pour vous j’ espère voir cette douleur s’ effacé au plus vite pour laisser Croître et S’Épanouir les trésors d’ héritage spirituel , culturel et Tout l’ Amour que Papa a semé en vous et au travers desquels IL EST .
    Je vous serré très fort contre mon coeur❤

  • Gloria Gameda says:

    On behalf of the Gameda Family,we send our deepest condeleances to the Afawubo Family, it is well, God gives and God takes ,May his Gentle soul Rest in Perfect Peace .🙏🏽

  • Macca says:

    Love & Light to you and the family! You are my thoughts & prayers

  • Afawubo Simon Junior says:

    Alot of emotions ran through my mind each time I realized that it was not a dream that you were no longer with us and that you were really gone to be with the Lord. I have scores of voice notes from WhatsApp and voicemails. I have not stopped playing them to convince myself that you were just sleeping. The last conversation you had with myself, Kwame, Ayaovi, Anani, and Mawunya had to do with the fact that our bodies were the temple of God and that the consumption of salt was very dangerous to our health. You told us to stay thousands of miles away from salt if we wanted to live to longer. Oh Papa your memories are endless and all I can say to you is that, rest well in the bosom of the lord.

  • Rene' Kelley says:

    Hey cuz. Thinking about you during the holidays. May you find peace somewhere in the middle of the grief.

  • Ishmael kwawununu says:

    Your death hit us like a fast moving train. You are irreplaceable uncle. May God almighty continue to give you peace. Rest well.

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